By Amie Parnes - 09/22/12 10:00 AM EDT
President Obama, expressing frustration, railed against the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Saturday, saying lawmakers "skipped town" before completing their work.
In his weekly address, Obama accused the lawmakers--who will not return to Washington until after the election in November-- of leaving behind "a whole bunch of proposals" that would help the economy and help boost the middle class, an overarching theme the president has tried to hammer home on the campaign trail this year.
"These ideas have been around for months," Obama continued. "The American people want to see them passed. But apparently, some Members of Congress are more worried about their jobs and their paychecks this campaign season than they are about yours."
In recent months, in addition to campaigning against Mitt Romney, Obama has also lambasted a do-nothing Congress for repeatedly stalling legislation in a series of speeches.
In his address on Saturday, Obama returned to that theme. He blamed Congress for having "dragged their feet" and not signing a farm bill that would help rural communities. The president also held lawmakers accountable for not acting to save homeowners an extra $3,000 a year on mortgages by refinancing their homes at low rates. He reiterated that Congress could have signed legislation that would create a veterans jobs corps, helping troops find jobs as police officers and firefighters when they return home from their tours of duty.
At the same time, he wagged his finger at the Republican Congress for failing to pass legislation which would "have given 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small business owners a guarantee that your taxes won't go up next year by a single dime.
"This is something we all agree on," Obama said. "It should have gotten done a long time ago. But Republicans in Congress have refused to budge. They're holding tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans hostage until we pass tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans."
Obama urged lawmakers to do their work when they return in November, after their elections.
In the meantime, he asked viewers of the address to tell their lawmakers to take action. "Because there's been enough talk," he said. "It's time for action."